Celtics Isaiah Thomas not happy with officiating after Game 4

Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. leaves the court after getting ejected from Game 3 on Thursday night

Wizards forward Kelly Oubre Jr. leaves the court after getting ejected from Game 3 on Thursday night

"They were very physical", Thomas told reporters. "They knew that we needed to come home and take care of business". We feel like we can win there. The team were lucky enough that Oubre's ejection, as well as Brandon Jennings getting tossed, didn't hurt their play in Game 3. "When you're on the road, you can't have those turnvoers".

With Washington originally down two games to none against Boston in the Eastern Conference Semifinals, it was easy to sit here and say the Wiz were nearly all but eliminated.

"I guess that's playoff basketball", Thomas, who was held to 13 points after scoring 53 in Game 2, said.

In their last playoff series the Hawks accused the Wizards of playing "MMA" instead of basketball, so it's clear teams are taking notice of their aggressive style.

All of Green's threes were in the first half as the Warriors led wire to wire again.

But they seem to have a belief that they can win in Boston that they haven't had until now. Horford nailed a straightaway three to put Boston up, 40-28, with seven minutes left in the first half.

"It was all our defense". "We realized at halftime that we weren't defending the way we were capable of". Green checked in during Boston's disastrous third quarter.

They will be looking to continue to force turnovers. "On top of that, we converted".

Tomas Satoransky filled in for the suspended Kelly Oubre while another reserve, Ian Mahinmi tripped Olynyk with 27.2 seconds left in the first quarter.

Thomas had no answers. "The refs were allowing them to hold and grab and do all those things", Thomas said". "Especially in the third quarter, I may have hit the ground five or six times".

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Losing game four means that the Celtics can not afford to have another bad game, because losing home court would likely mean the end of this series.

If Olynyk isn't knocking down three-point shots (0-for-4), he's a major liability. Jae Crowder provided the toughness on the glass with four rebounds. He started Game 4 shooting 5 for 5 from 3-point territory with 17 points and was held to two more on 1-of-7 shooting the rest of the way.

Removing him from the equation is the linchipin to all the good things that happened Sunday. They handled Millsap and Dwight Howard inside to beat the Hawks in six games, leading Wizards center Marcin Gortat to say facing the Celtics big men was "not even close" to that tough of a challenge. How can you make a shot? Defensively, it gave us a chance to get out in transition. "Hopefully, the other guys miss shots like they've been doing".

In their 593 playoff games all-time that preceded this series against the Wizards, the Celtics allowed 38 or more points in the first quarter 10 times, according to stats guru Dick Lipe. There's plenty of times throughout games that I want to do stuff.

Thomas' off-balance rainbows didn't hit the mark.

Thomas, a player known for living at the free-throw line, did not attempt a single free throw during the defeat.

"They were locked into him the whole game", Stevens said of Washington's defense on Thomas.

Thomas added: "I mean they were just showing more people". "We had the momentum coming home to win our two games". The Boston Celtics are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game. The Wizards have won 40+ games in four straight seasons.

Now, the Boston Celtics have a lot to worry about as they head back to the TD Garden. Like I said, I'm not blaming that on why we lost.

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